Unit Advancement Chair

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* Report to the troop/team committee each month.
* Report to the troop/team committee each month.
==See also==
== See also ==
* [[Advancement Program Adviser]] on the Varsity Scout team committee.
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* [[Advancement Program Manager]], the youth Varsity Scout advancement leader.
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Revision as of 15:38, February 18, 2009

Troop Advancement Chair

The unit advancement chair is appointed by the committee chairman to ensure that the unit has at least monthly boards of review, quarterly courts of honor, and that the unit has goals of helping each Scout advance a rank each year and for new Scouts to reach First Class rank during their first year. The advancement chair is also responsible for record keeping and submitting advancement reports.


Unit committee position

Team Advancement Chair

Responsiblities set by BSA Advancement Policies

Main: Boy Scout Advancement
  • "A basic goal should be for each Scout to advance a rank during the year."
  • "New Scouts should earn their First Class rank during their first year in the troop."
  • Boards of Review - "When reviewed monthly by the troop committee, Scouts will recognize the importance of Scout advancement."
  • "Troops should conduct boards of review for Scouts who are not advancing."
  • "A minimum of four formal courts of honor a year (one every three months) should be held to formally recognize the Scouts in the troop."
  • "Presentation of merit badges and rank badges should not await these courts of honor;"
  • "...Awards and badges should be presented at the next meeting after they have been earned. Scouts are recognized again at a formal court of honor."
  • "Each troop is responsible for keeping its own records and reporting advancement to the local council service center. This is done on an Advancement Report form."


  • Encourage Scouts to advance in rank.
  • Works with troop Scribe or Team Secretary to maintain all Scout advancement records.
  • Arranges troop boards of review and quarterly courts of honor. (Varsity Scout team boards of reviews are conducted by the youth team secretary and courts of honor are conducted by the youth Captain.)
  • Develop and maintain a merit badge counselor list.
  • Make a prompt report on the correct form to the council service center when a troop/team board of review is held. Secure badges and certificates.
  • Work with the troop/team librarian to build and maintain a troop/team library of merit badge pamphlets and other advancement literature.
  • Report to the troop/team committee each month.

See also

Varsity Scout portal

Varsity awards:

Team Advancement Leaders:


Qualification. Adults citizens, or adult non-citizens who reside within the country, may register with the Boy Scouts of America in any capacity if they agree to abide by the Scout Oath or Promise and the Scout Law, to respect and obey the laws of the United States of America, and to subscribe to the precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle. All leaders must be 21 years of age or older, except assistant Scoutmasters, assistant den leaders, assistant Cubmasters, assistant Webelos den leaders, and assistant Varsity Scout coaches, who must be 18 or older.
Adult Application, No. 524-501A Portable Document Format PDF (420 KB) (Previous editions obsolete.)


Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position. New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before they submit an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
BSA Youth Protection training policy


Online or classroom Leader Training

Youth protection (MANDATORY) – every registered adult must be re-certified every year at my.scouting.org, where they can also complete the following courses:

  • Before the First Meeting
  • First 30 Days
  • Position Trained

Outdoor Leader Training

In addition to fulfilling other requirements, some unit leaders need outdoor-specific training.

Other outdoor-related links

Official Boy Scout Forms & Resources
Applications & Reports: Youth Application Adult Leader Application Advancement Report Uniform Inspections
Training Materials: Youth Protection Training Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat New Leader
Online Training: Youth Protection Training Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat New Leader
Other Guides: Boy Scout Requirements Insignia Guide Scouting Terminology Leave No Trace
Permit Applications: Permission Slip Local Tour Permit National Tour Permit Unit Money-Earning
Medical Exam Forms: Annual Health and Medical Record 34605 other forms…

See: Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures #33088 © 1989, 2007 Printing

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